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Coldwell Banker recently released their latest survey on what men and women want in real estate. Interesting enough, the results are not what you may think. Here are highlights of the findings: Both men and women place greater emphasis on their feelings about a home more than on layout, square footage, or price. And more than 60% also know within their first visit to the home is right for them. To read the complete report, please go to: [Men/Women Survey]
 
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Cash bonus for 1st time buyersThe BC government announced, on Feb 21, 2012, a one time cash bonus that can be received by 1st time Buyers on new home purchases (with qualification criteria to a maximum of $10,000).  While this bonus is still subject to be legislated, this is a huge benefit to those getting into our expensive marketplace. With some banks offering 5 year closed mortgages at 2.99%, the Property Transfer Tax Exemption for qualified first time Buyers in place, and some developers absorbing the net HST, this is a huge windfall to jump into home ownership. With the details yet to be released, there is mention of a time deadline for eligible purchases that must complete by March 31, 2013. For example, on a new apartment priced at $300,000, the savings could...
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Coldwell Banker released their 2012 TV ads at the Generation Blue convention in New Orleans last week. The ads focus on the "emotion and lifestyle" of homeownership and not the usual ads promoting reasons to hire a Real Estate agents that you find in most realty company TV ads. In addition the voice in the ads is that of Tom Seleck, the famous actor from the current TV series Blue Bloods and well he is known from the movies and of course his break through role as Magnum PI. Mr. Seleck has a real connection with Coldwell Banker as his father, brother and sister all worked for Coldwell Banker and his father was a VP for 33 years. The following article was recently published by the NY Times reporter Stuart Elliott,...
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Gen BlueIt's very important to keep current with changing technology. Social media and Gen x,y has a profound effect on how business is conducted and how we communicate. We at Coldwell Banker Westburn are taking this head on with our real estate. 15 of our agents are here in New Orleans with over 3000 agents from the US and Canada. This is how we value education to help serve our clients better.
 
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Flying to Gen BlueI just learned that if you are taking a connecting flight(s) to a destination, ensure that you are doing so with the same airlines and have ample time between flights with the necessary boarding passes.

 

There is no direct route from Vancouver, BC to New Orleans, Louisiana so I flew to Los Angeles via Air Canada to connect to United Airlines at LAX. There was about 70 minutes to spare and I was not issued my connecting board pass in Vancouver. As luck would have it, the 1st leg was delayed by 35 minutes and, of course, the United Airlines gate was on the other side of the airport at Los Angeles. LAX is a large airport.

 

And then there was the security check all over again with the full body scanner.

 

You guessed it.  I...

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